Trance Malayalam Movie

Feature Film | 2020 | UA | Drama, Thriller | 2h 45min
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'Trance' is taking a potshot at fake religious preachers, besides showcasing a highly energy-packed performance by Fahadh Faasil. Director Anwar Rasheed's brave attempt with a different plot milieu scores well at half-way mark before it hobbling towards the culmination.
Feb 20, 2020 By K. R. Rejeesh

At one level, Anwar Rasheed's latest directorial, which he has produced as well, is a satire on religious practices narrated in haute milieu. On another level, 'Trance' is about the struggle of a young man in coping with the situation he is mired in; rather trapped into. Anwar exposes well the shenanigans of a host people engaged in 'spiritual business.' He brilliantly exploits the potentials of Fahadh Faasil, who exudes a high-voltage energy level throughout. The director shows extreme temerity in explicitly portraying the peculiar ways of prayers.


Indeed, the plot is different and surprises you to an extent. Scripted by Vincent Vadakkan, the unfamiliar terrain in the tale is engaging and riveting-largely indebted to Fahadh's unmatched exuberance. The substance gradually becomes withered in the latter half, prompting the writer going for a perfunctory solution.


Fahadh Faasil plays Viju Prasad, a self-made motivational trainer, who is always haunted by his horrendous past. His life in Kanyakumari along with brother Kunjan (Sreenath Bhasi) is always miserable as the latter is suffering from depression. Apart from the trainer's role, Viju also works in a restaurant to make both ends meet. Later, Viju leaves for Mumbai where a casting manager, Kavitha (Aswathy) offers him a job as a motivational speaker.


There he is hired by Solomon Davis (Gautham Vasudev Menon) and Issac Thomas (Chemban Vinod), both of them own a company. But, unwillingly, Viju has to take up an assignment from them and he is trained by Avarachan (Dileesh Pothan). They rechristen him as Joshua Carlton. Then 'Trance' truly enters the phase that matches to its title. It's the journey of a motivational trainer to the unsavory seat of a religious preacher!


To sum up, it's Fahadh-show altogether. The actor is at the pinnacle of his energy; be in his mien and eloquence. Despite the hiccups in the tale, Fahadh is a treat to watch in a novel premise and the actor's perseverance and smartness are evolved with a new dimension.


There are obvious references to superstition and how religion makes one blind. 'Trance' is taking a potshot at fake religious preachers, besides showcasing a highly energy-packed performance by Fahadh Faasil. The director's brave attempt with a different plot milieu scores well at half-way mark before it hobbling towards the culmination.


Amal Neerad's cinematography and Resul Pookutty's sound design lend technical finesse to the film albeit the running time is around three hours. It's a decent attempt with an uncommon theme but the sheen is not consistent due to rickety writing.

K. R. Rejeesh

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Ashwin

Stupid Movie. Don't try to play using this concept.
Kez

Trance as the name suggest, A brilliant attempt by Anwar Rashid to show how mind works and how it can be transformed to ... Show more
Trance as the name suggest, A brilliant attempt by Anwar Rashid to show how mind works and how it can be transformed to make the impossible possible. The protagonist Viju starts his career as a motivational speaker who then ultimately ended up as a spiritual leader by his perseverance. The movie is an eye opening piece of information about the dark sides of religious cults making huge profits from the naive people by the name of god. Even though it is a depiction of the bad sides of religion; The director's real aim is to explain how human mind can be programmed to do miraculous things that is way above an average minds to grasp.
Sid

A great idea not portrayed well on screen due to the screenplay. But watch it for the performances of the lead cast.
JJ

Overall, Trance is a great watch. I think you will enjoy it more if you pay attention to the technical details while wat... Show more
Overall, Trance is a great watch. I think you will enjoy it more if you pay attention to the technical details while watching. The cinematography, background score, production design and the performances from all the actors are outstanding. You might get disappointed if you are one of those who cares only about the story.
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